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Heavy Children at Risk for Asthma Symptoms

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Children who are overweight at age six to seven are at higher risk for having symptoms of asthma like shortness of breath and “twitchy” airways when they are eight years old a new study out of the Netherlands shows.

However, children who are overweight at a younger age but reach a normal weight by age six or seven do not appear to have an increased risk for asthma symptoms.

“These findings suggest that being overweight may affect a child’s development of asthma symptoms,” Dr. Salome Scholtens from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven told Reuters Health.

“However, if a previously overweight child develops a normal weight, then the asthma symptoms are less likely to persist. We propose that development of a normal weight might positively affect asthma symptoms in overweight children,” Scholtens added.

Each year until the age of 8, researchers had the parents of 3756 children report their children’s weight and any episodes of wheezing or other breathing difficulties as well as the use of inhaled steroids. The researchers tested the children to see how sensitive their airways were to various inhaled allergens.

When the children were eight years old, 7.3 percent wheezed, 9.6 percent had difficulty breathing and 7.1 percent had a prescription for an inhaled steroid in the preceding year.

According to the investigators, children who were persistently heavy from a very young age and between ages six and seven were 68 percent more likely to have breathing difficulties and 66 percent more likely to have twitchy airways at age 8 than children who were leaner in childhood.

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